Gyachung Kang stands tall at 7,952m (7.952km) and falls in fifteen ranks among the highest peaks. It is also part of the Mahalangur Himal and extends across the Nepalese and Chinese border.
It has gained mountains like Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho Oyu as its neighboring mountains. Even though it lies in between the world’s first and sixth-highest mountain, it remains less popular among travelers.
The climb to Gyachung Kang provides a heartwarming experience to its climbers. It is an escape from the day-to-day hustle for those who want to have some adventure in their life.
The summit welcomes its climbers with a majestic giant structure of snow and ice. The view is equally enchanting as it is exciting. Reaching the Gyachung Kang also offers the climbers a mesmerizing view of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest and the sixth tallest mountain, Mt. Cho Oyu.
However, this expedition requires a lot of patience, courage and professional guidance as there are various challenges that one has to go through to reach the summit.
The Gyachung Kang is the fifteenth highest peak. It still stands as the tallest peak between the first and sixth tallest mountains of the world. The Gyachung Kang is also part of Mahalangur Himal and shares all the challenges that one has to overcome to reach the neighboring mountains like Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho Oyu.
The gigantic height is one of the many challenges. Because of the high altitude and thin air, many climbers suffer from acute altitude sickness. It can be fatal without immediate aid.
As the height of the climb increases, the level of oxygen decreases while air pressure increases. The climb itself isn’t demanding in terms of technicality. However, it is dangerous because of the unpredictable climate. Besides these, there are also occurrences of avalanches and high-speed winds, which add more difficulties.
One must be well prepared to survive against these extreme conditions. They should be mentally and physically determined to come across these hurdles. They should also be prepared and acclimatized enough to fight against the extreme conditions of the mountain.
The climbers should be well prepared to spend more than a month in harsh conditions. They should have previous mountaineering experiences in any one of the high mountains. It will help them overcome the challenges of climbing the highest mountain in the world.
Climbing the Gyachung Kang is exciting as well as adventurous. But there are challenges as big as the mountain itself that one has to face. The climbers have to face extreme altitude with an oxygen level of less than 60-70% compared to that at sea level.
They also have to face occasional avalanches and constant fierce wind during their expedition. These make the journey more challenging. One needs to be well-prepared before the climb.
They should be led by experienced guides to overcome these challenges and reach the summit safely. It is where Marvel Treks come into the picture.
The entire team of Marvel Trek works deliberately to provide the best services and facilities to you and makes sure that you will have a once in a lifetime experience.
Like for every other mountain, the best season to climb the Gyachung Kang too would be the spring. During spring, the climate is comparatively warmer as well as there are fewer chances of snowfalls.
In winter, the temperature drops are extreme. It gets worse during the early morning and late at night. Also, there will be constant heavy snowfall which makes the trails more dangerous than they already are.
Also, during this season, the chances of avalanches increases. It makes the expedition more difficult than it already is.
Climbing the Gyachung Kang is as dangerous as climbing other mountains of the Mahalangur Himal. The climbers have to face acute altitude sickness as there is an extreme drop in oxygen level and rise in air pressure.
They also have to face different extreme conditions of avalanches and constant fierce winds during their climb. They need to be well trained and experienced to overcome these harsh conditions of the mountain.
They should also be well trained in using mountaineering equipment. One needs to be mentally and physically fit and prepared for the climb. All this makes the expedition to Mt. Everest more thrilling as well as dangerous.
Climbing Gyachung Kang might be an adventurous, thrilling and self-refreshing activity yet, it is dangerous too. So, making a rush might not be the best thing to do, considering your safety.
The overall adventure of climbing the Gyachung Kang takes around 51 days. About thirteen days are needed to reach the base camp, while the remaining days are spent in the mountain.
Transportation: Includes pickups and drop offs from and to the airport along with the domestic flights.
Food and accommodation: Accommodations will be provided in a 3-star hotel while staying in Kathmandu as well as during different stops in the trip. A welcome dinner will also be held to introduce our team with the clients. Later,3 meals will be served during the trip which will be cooked by talented cooks along with occasional teas and coffees.
Permits and fees: The company will pay for the air cargo charges as well as all the taxes to the Nepalese government on your behalf. The company will also take care of different Royalties and permits from Nepalese government. TIMS cards will be arranged. Entry permit fees and charges will be paid to Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality. Fees to climb Khumbu icefall will be paid to Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee. Permits for Walkie talkie as well as for satellite phone will also be provided. Additional fees will also be paid for deposition of garbage and stool shipment
Insurance: The company will cover for insurances of all the involved staff in case of accidents.
Equipment: All the tools and equipment that will be needed for the expedition will be transported by the company through air cargo and potters. In case of unfavorable circumstances, it may also be done through land or helicopters.
Trainings: Different training required for climbing ladders and ice walls will be given in the basecamp by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Liaison Officer, Sherpas and porters: Every member will be facilitated with one Sherpa and one porter. Also, a legit government Liaison will be present throughout the expedition.
Base camp staffs and equipment: The base camp will be fully equipped with a separate kitchen tent, dining tent, communication tent along with a toilet tent along with all the other necessary items that are needed for a comfortable stay. Solar panels or generators will also be managed for electricity as well as the dining tent and other tents will be equipped with heaters to keep you warm. Expert cooks and porters will be there in the camp to assist you. The base camp will also have a bar and bakery.
Communication: Walkie talkie and satellite phones will be given to each member to communicate in between the base camp and the mountain. Internet access will also be granted.
Oxygen masks, bottles and regulators: Every member will be given 5 bottles of oxygen along with summit masks and regulators for their journey. More will be carried as a backup for emergencies along with a rescue sled.
Certificate: The members will be honored with a certificate from MoCTCA for their accomplishment of climbing the mountain.
International flights: The clients have to bear their flights fees while arriving and leaving Nepal.
Visa and insurance: The clients are responsible for their VISA while arriving in Nepal. You have to pay for your insurance in case of any accidents.
Meals in Kathmandu: While staying in Kathmandu, you will be responsible to pay for your lunch and dinner yourself.
Personal belongings and interests: The clients are requested to arrange their own clothing and required gears while joining the expedition. They also have to arrange the items required to maintain their personal hygiene. They have to bear the additional charges for services like phone calls, hot bath, laundry etc. They have to pay extra charge in case they want to shoot videos or capture pictures.
Tips and bonuses: It will be highly appreciated if the clients can make some tips and bonuses of minimum $1500 to the hardworking Sherpas.
Extra services: In case you want any other services that’s not mentioned above then you have to pay extra from your pocket.
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